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November 15, 2005

Libraries practice hypocrisy

After fighting for the right to expose children to internet porn and stock their shelves with porn you'd think Libraries would be a place that freedom of speech is sacrosanct. No, that's not the way Liberals work.

From WorldNetDaily...

An Ohio library dropped a policy that barred a public interest group from holding a forum on traditional marriage without also inviting someone to argue for "same-sex marriage."

The agreement by the Newton Falls Library Board of Trustees settled a lawsuit filed by Florida-based Liberty Counsel, which applied to the library to hold a meeting last spring that would include prayer and Scripture reading.

The library denied Liberty Counsel's application, citing a policy that said, "If a program deals with a controversial subject, then all sides of the issue must be presented." ...

With the settlement, the library has agreed to remove the requirement.

How much money the taxpayers had to fork over to fund the Librarian's attempt at censorship they didn't reveal. At least this round, freedom won. For the most part Libraries are still open to function as shopping malls for pedophiles, something the Librarians seem oddly pleased about.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 15, 2005 06:14 AM

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"Library Board of Trustees" does not necessarily equate with "the Librarian's" (used in your closing paragraph). Whoever the librarian is at that library is subject to the trustees' rules, just as any employee of a business or organization must be.

NOTE: I am fully in accord with your view that the trustees' actions were reprehensible, but having been inside the workings of a local library board, I know that it does depend on the board, its charter and the community oversight as to just how a library is run.

And a public library could be run by a private organization! Historically, many have been, though fewer are today. (In fact, in America's Third World County, that's exactly the case. But the problems of America's Third World County Public Library are another discussion *grumble, grumble, gripe, complain* :-) In such cases, "free speech" becomes a matter for the private organization to define.

Of course, if they take federal funds (in grants, etc.) then all bets are off. First Amendment rules in such cases... or should.

Posted by: David at November 15, 2005 04:43 PM

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